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Pedestrian in Conch Train crash identified

May 24, 2018

The 60-year-old man that was hit by a Conch Train has been identified, following the release Wednesday of the traffic crash report.  Kurt A. McCord, of Key West, suffered serious injuries on...more

Schools to launch Text Tips program

May 24, 2018

The school district on Wednesday announced a countywide launch of a school safety program designed to identify troubling student behaviors before a concern becomes a crisis, a crime, or...more

Sante won’t seek another term on council

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Ten years on the Village Council is long enough, Chris Sante says. “I’m done and done,” Sante said of his intent to stay off the Islamorada ballot in...more

Sewer plant to get $1.2 million in upgrades

May 23, 2018

KEY LARGO — Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District commissioners last week approved $1.2 million in capital improvement projects for the main plant, discussed debt reduction and employee...more

Dry cocaine leads to arrest for possession

May 24, 2018

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Marathon man on May 20 after discovering he was driving impaired and in possession of cocaine.  Adelmo Barrera Valenzuela, 36, led deputies on a short chase after he noticed a marked police car behind him. While the deputy initially clocked Valenzuela at 45 mph in a 30 mph...more

May 24, 2018

“We are on a very slippery slope in this country in the name of ‘safety.’ With this mentality of ‘see something, say something.’ It wants people to speak up when they hear the slightest thing which one can attribute to a word or phrase and not the whole conversation. Sounds a lot like the ‘eyes...more

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Hardwood hammock home to nature preserve

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — Sunlight filters through the leaves of a towering gumbo limbo tree on a walk down the path through Green Turtle Hammock Nature Preserve, a route that winds past a classic...more

Megaplex is linchpin of South Dade revitalization

May 23, 2018

HOMESTEAD — Construction began last week on a new 70,000-square-foot Homestead Station, a complex that will feature movie theaters and a bowling alley, shopping and dining, and a transit...more

Memorial service an Islamorada tradition

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — The Florida Keys on Memorial Day do not forget those who died while defending the nation, nor those veterans who perished while working to link the islands. At 9 a.m. Monday,...more

Publix likely to be discussion topic at Thursday meeting

May 23, 2018

ISLAMORADA — By the time Village Council members meet Thursday, they may have an idea how the newly opened Publix market will affect U.S. 1 traffic. That also could be a source of...more


The death of the reef

May 24, 2018

Imagine being able to transport yourself back in time to the year 1851 and diving the reefs of the Florida Keys — giant stands of elkhorn and staghorn corals, crystal clear water and...more

Cheers and jeers

May 19, 2018

Jeers: to the Public Service Commission for their outrageous and possibly illegal denial of two Monroe County Commissioners right to speak during the public comment portion of a rate hike hearing...more

Key West’s tree issue continues to grow

May 17, 2018

An epiphany? Conversion? Divine guidance? Whatever it is, Mayor Cates, we will take it with gratitude on behalf of the tree canopy of Key West.  The Citizen has chronicled with dismay the...more

Supports Ponciana as official tree

May 12, 2018

There was a meeting of the Tree Commission this week. It was suggested to make the Royal Poinciana the official tree of Key West. I want to set the record straight to this commission. There was...more


Love, unity highlight Games for Keys Special Olympians

May 23, 2018

It was an exciting weekend for Monroe County Special Olympic athletes. More than 50 athletes, partners, coaches and chaperones made the trip to the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando to compete...more

Rainy days, rainy nights result in postponements

May 23, 2018

Once again, inclement weather forced the postponement of games last week in the Key West Men’s Softball League. Just two of the six scheduled games were played. Charlie Mac’s...more

Tropical Movers fail to deliver; T&W Chevron zooms into first

May 22, 2018

After a tie with Booker Advertising, Tropical Movers dropped out of first place with a 7-2-1 record eclipsed by T&W Chevron Auto Repair with an 8-2 mark. Gary the Carpenter and Jolly’s Liquor...more

Cooler weather assists Bataillein quest to break 50-mile mark

May 22, 2018

When Cole Bataille crossed the Higgs Beach finish line on Saturday afternoon, few knew of his goal of breaking the record for the 50-mile run as part of the Keys 100 Ultramarathon. With a Florida...more